Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: Presents For A Family Problem Solver

Mum’s the word

Ultimate Wordsearches LEGO bouquet dog with jigsaw bag. Mother's Day gift ideas

by David Ker |
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Is your mum the piece of the puzzle that holds the rest of the family together? Mothering Sunday is on 10 March and we’ve gathered together some Mother’s Day gift ideas for the person in your life who somehow manages to figure out the solution to every problem.

From crosswords to crime dramas, mystery books to brain teasers, puzzle solving takes many forms. And, as members of Puzzles HQ can attest, a passion for puzzles or games is often sparked by a similarly enthusiastic family member.

So, take a look and see if you can find a match for Mum. Whether that’s a jigsaw with a special meaning or a different take on an escape room to while away an afternoon, there are plenty of possibilities.

Silver Jigsaw Necklace

Pick a piece of jewellery with a special significance, like this silver jigsaw piece necklace from Lily Charmed.

The Jane Austen Escape Room Book

Jane Austen Escape Room book
Price: $16.55
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Target$19.59View offer

For a more sedate take on a physical escape room here’s a book which mixes the world of Jane Austen with a story which is sure to keep the reader guessing. Read our review here.

Prints in Pieces Jigsaw

Each puzzle in the Prints in Pieces collection has been designed by an emerging female artist around the world and is made to be displayed as a beautiful print once completed. Read our full review here.

LEGO Flower Bouquet

This beautiful LEGO bouquet will never wilt!

The Traitors Card Game

Do you know someone with the fringe to play Claudia? This card game joins other play-at-home versions of The Traitors — the TV series which had everyone talking.

Premium Overnight Murder Mystery Break with Afternoon Tea and Dinner for Two

For a special treat consider a meal with a murder mystery twist. This experience for two includes afternoon tea, dinner and an overnight stay. There are 23 locations across England and Wales to choose from.

Codebreakers Magazine

Give a gift that lasts all the way up until Mother’s Day 2025. Codebreakers are a much-loved puzzle type and this monthly magazine is packed full of them.

True Genius Chinese Pagoda Puzzle

Pagoda puzzle
Price: $14.95
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Walmart$20.64View offer

If your Mother’s Day present-recipient is keen on keeping an active mind then help them out with this pagoda puzzle. Turn the layers and tilt the pagoda so that each column contains the same coloured balls.

Vera Stanhope Series by Ann Cleeves

Ann Cleeves book collection Vera Stanhope
Price: $24.99

A love for these mysteries may have begun with the Brenda Blethyn ITV series, but why should it stop there? Here are eight books to give a further insight into the irascible, crime-cracking DCI.

Personalised Vegan Leather Heart Page Corner Bookmark

Don’t forget a bookmark to accompany any library additions. These ones from Sheffield-based Debos Studios can be personalised.

Tarot Tales Postcards

Celebrate a love for the art of letter writing with these Tarot-themed postcards from Fable England.

Leia Playing Cards Midi Dress

Does Mam wear her heart on her sleeve? Well why not diamonds, spades and clubs too?

Talking Tables Family Kids VS Grown Ups Party Game

If the whole clan is converging to celebrate the woman of the hour, here’s a board game for all ages. A smaller family affair? Maybe a two-player option is the way to go.

Puzzle Mates Portapuzzle Deluxe Jigsaw Puzzle Carrier

Make sure that being on the move doesn’t cramp a jigsaw hobby with this carrier.

Chunky Knit Throw

If Mum can regularly be found on the sofa with a puzzle book in hand, here’s something from Dunelm to make her extra-comfortable.

Market Tote Plus

Bellroy tote bag
Price: £49.00

This bag (available in black, blue, red or copper) has room for puzzle books and playing cards galore.

Ultimate Wordsearches: 100 wordsearches with a twist

Ultimate Wordsearches book
Price: £6.99

Wordsearches are a perennially popular puzzle. If mum’s first port of call when she picks up her favourite magazine is to flick to the puzzle pages, give her a book full of her favourites.

From The Library Of - Please Return

Ensure a book collection is kept in check with this handmade embosser.

Crossword Puzzle Case

A reminder of the joy of puzzles is just a phone call away with this crossword-themed case.

The Official Coronation Street Puzzle Book

Coronation Street Puzzle Book
Price: $12.63

Combine a commitment to the nation’s favourite soap opera with a mind made to solve puzzles. Puzzles HQ played a part in the creation of this book so we are confident that Corrie fans will find plenty to test their knowledge about everything from The Rovers to Roy’s Rolls.

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap

Dinner and a show? Play detective at the longest-running West End production.

Apple Gift Card

Candy Crush Saga
Price: £10.00

Stop this purchase looking like a last-minute or lazy choice by linking it to mum’s games app hobby: “Need some Candy Crush gold bars? Have some on me!”

Croquet Set

Croquet set
Price: $55.99

With spring in the air and the possibility of picnics or time in the garden, here’s something with which to make memories.

Is there something here which ticks all the boxes? Check out the rest of our reviews if you’re still in need of a hand.

Finally, whether going out or staying in, we hope your Mother’s Day present goes down a treat!

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